May 22, 2024 - Sports

DC Power: What to know about our new women's pro soccer team

The crest for new women's pro team the DC Power with a red eagle wing and DC stars and bars

The new DC Power crest. Logo courtesy of DC Power FC

A new pro women's soccer team kicks off this summer at Audi Field: DC Power Football Club, one of eight teams in the freshly formed USL Super League.

Why it matters: It's rare to have two pro women's soccer teams in one city, and it brings more opportunity for female players and their fans — a demographic that's been growing in D.C.

The big picture: The new Division 1 league starts in August, and will follow a fall-to-spring schedule — the opposite of the Spirit in the long-established National Women's Soccer League.

  • Eight Super League teams span the country from Tampa Bay to Charlotte. New York is the only other city that shoulders both women's leagues.
  • The team will share Audi Field with the Spirit — as well as their training facility in Leesburg — plus men's teams D.C. United and XFL Defenders.

Zoom in: French native Frédéric Brillant, a former United player and assistant coach, is the Power's head coach. Roster and schedule are TBA.

  • A team source tells Axios that player announcements are coming soon. They're homing in on locals — former Spirit players, talents from the region's strong college and youth programs, or DMV natives playing abroad.

The latest: WNBA rookie and Maryland native Angel Reese of Chicago Sky just joined the ownership circle.

  • Stakeholders also include team president Jordan Stuart and Devin Talbott, a former Spirit and current United owner.

The intrigue: The DC Power name speaks to the District's reputation as a power-player capital as well as women's empowerment, according to the team. The crest looks fly with an eagle wing and D.C. stars and bars.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Jordan Stuart is the DC Power team president (not D.C. United).

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